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Homeland Insecurity: The Arab American and Muslim American Experience After 9/11
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Karyl Wade, Chicago
Cainkar focuses on the Chicago area, which probably reflects the general attitudes of the country. One perplexing problem for both Arab and non-Arab is whether Arabs are white. Most non-Arabs believe they are not, which is not surprising, but many Arabs also believe they are not, even though they officially are. It can be argued that Pakistanis, who belong to the Indo-European group, are more white than those on the shores of the Mediterranean who belong to the Semitic group. Indeed, I have problems filling out a form when asked for race. I put white, but it doesn’t quite fit since white implies European to me.
Although the scope of this study does not pinpoint where negative attitudes about Muslims come from, I believe there is room for another study to probe this. Was there a conspiracy, a deliberate attempt to vilify Arabs or was it an organic process faced by all immigrant groups? Do news outlets and Hollywood mold a hatred for Arabs and Muslims? If so, is there anything different about this than about, for example, how Latinos are depicted?Read more ›